Moral Law Resources

Key Documents in America’s Moral and Religious Tradition

The Ten Commandments

The Mayflower Compact (1620)

The Declaration of Independence (1776)

James Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance (1785)

Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)

The Virginia Religious Freedom Bill (1786)

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787

The United States Constitution

United States v. Macintosh, 283 U.S. 605 (1931)

Girouard v. United States, 328 U.S. 61 (1946)

The 50 States Acknowledge God

Noteworthy Political Sermons of the 18th & 19th Centuries

  • Rev. Jonathan Mayhew, "A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers," 1750. In this sermon called "the morning gun of the American Revolution," Rev. Mayhew interpreted Romans 13 to demonstrate that when rulers act outside their God-given authority, they become tyrants and deserve resistance not obedience.

  • Rev. John Witherspoon, "The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men," May 17, 1776. Shortly before he signed the Declaration of Independence, the President of the College of New Jersey (Princeton) and mentor to many of the founders delivered this sermon on a national day of prayer and fasting, defending the cause of civil and religious liberty.

  • Rev. Jasper Adams, "The Relation of Christianity to Civil Government in the United States," February 13, 1833. Rev. Adams rejected the concept that Christianity has no connection with our law or political institutions, but that Christianity was intended to be "the corner stone of the social and political structures" of the founders. "We must be a Christian nation, if we wish to continue a free nation."

  • Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely, "The Duty of Christian Freemen to Elect Christian Rulers," July 4, 1827. Rev. Ely called for the formation of a "Christian party in politics" and that because we are "a Christian nation" we ought to elect only Christian leaders into public office.

ARCHIVES: Our Moral Foundation: A column by Judge Moore

Congress does something right
Wednesday July 22, 2009 by Judge Roy Moore -- During the week following the recent Fourth of July, the United States Congress did something which was not only right, but which also honored that day in July 233 years ago when America was freed from the bondage of tyranny. Both Houses of Congress acknowledged God by ordering the Architect of ...

Let's cap all the hot air from D.C.
Wednesday July 08, 2009 by Judge Roy Moore -- During a long but little-reported interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008, candidate Barack Obama explained how his "cap and trade" energy policy would affect consumers if he became president: "Under my plan of a cap and trade syst ...

Obama's attack on our Christian heritage
Wednesday June 24, 2009 by Judge Roy Moore -- Every Fourth of July we celebrate that day 233 years ago when 56 men voted for American independence, but many do not know that it was not until Aug. 2 of 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was formally signed by most of the delegates to the Second Continental Congress. In a speech given ...

Judging by law or feelings?
Wednesday June 10, 2009 by Judge Roy Moore -- In July 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama set forth his criterion for selecting Supreme Court justices: We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or Africa ...

Republicans have got to stand for something
Wednesday May 27, 2009 by Judge Roy Moore -- Editor's note: Judge Roy Moore's classic book about his battle for liberty is now available in paperback: "So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom." When the goi ...

Are we ashamed?
Wednesday May 13, 2009 by Judge Roy Moore -- The Apostle Paul knew well that his open profession of faith in Jesus Christ could cost him his life, yet with boldness he proudly proclaimed, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth" (Romans 1:16). Unfortunately, Barack Ob ...

Miss California is right
Wednesday April 29, 2009 by Judge Roy Moore -- During the recent Miss USA Pageant, Miss California Carrie Prejean was asked the following question by openly "gay" activist and pageant judge Perez Hilton: "Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why ...

To whom should we bow?
Wednesday April 15, 2009 by Judge Roy Moore -- Last Sunday was a great day as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. On that day we also received news that Navy SEALs rescued Capt. Richard Phillips of the USS Maersk Alabama from Somali pirates. Piracy and enslavement of others on the Mediterranean off the coasts ...

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Interviews and Commentaries from Judge Moore (MP3 files)

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